The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is one of North America’s leading documentary film festivals. Each year, the RIDM presents more than 150 Canadian and international documentaries. Its industry event, Doc Circuit Montréal (DCM), is Quebec’s only documentary forum.
Founded in 1998 by a group of Quebec documentary filmmakers, the RIDM aims to present a selection of the year’s best documentaries. Early editions showed about 40 films over five days; today the festival has grown to have a schedule of more than 150 films along with retrospectives, debates and parallel activities. Since 2004, it has also included a documentary market, Doc Circuit Montréal. The RIDM’s audience has doubled in size since 2011; the festival now attracts more than 63,000 people.
A unique program
Based in Montreal, a city that has produced some of the most important documentary filmmakers in the history of cinema, the RIDM seeks first and foremost to promote and reflect on the most stimulating and diverse visions of documentary cinema. From works dealing with hot-button issues to daring creations that renew the language of cinema, the RIDM’s selections are aimed at an annual renewal of our relationship with the world and with the documentary as an art form.
Meeting the audience
Originally conceived as a filmmakers’ festival, the RIDM also works to bring artists and audiences together. For 10 days each year, master classes, round tables and thematic discussions are organized for the general public and industry professionals. Afterwards, everyone is welcome to gather in the festival’s headquarters, which boasts an ambiance designed to encourage casual discussion and celebration.
An essential professional gathering
Since 2004, Doc Circuit Montréal (DCM), Quebec’s documentary forum co-founded with DOC Québec, has supported and stimulated independent documentary production, enabling discussions among professionals, artists, producers, distributors and exhibitors of every stripe. Now taking place over five days, DCM has enhanced its program with mentorship initiatives (Talent Lab) and professional sessions that take an active role in the creation of new documentaries and the training of new talent.